Jubilee bigwigs, city tycoon lock horns over prime land

Senior government officials embroiled in a dispute involving a Sh8 billion piece of land in Karen have moved in despite a court order stopping any development.

The matter, which will be heard at the High Court on Monday, has sucked in the who-is-who in the Jubilee Government.

On Friday, 14 earth-movers were on the 134 acres building access roads.

The dispute involves businessman Da Gama Rose and former National Social Security Fund managing trustee Jos Konzolo, who both claim to own the land.

Da Gama Rose's lawyer Cecil Miller has alleged that the personal assistant of Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu is at the centre of the dispute.

According to court documents, the land along Lang'ata Road, after Galleria Mall and opposite Hillcrest School, was registered by a company owned by Da Gama Rose, Muchanga Investment Ltd.

The firm was once partly owned by former Vice-President Moody Awori, who has since relinquished his shares.